Polmont site owners slapped with safety notice

Residents in Rodel Drive, Polmont have complained of the volume of lorries going to a Persimmon Homes site
Residents in Rodel Drive, Polmont have complained of the volume of lorries going to a Persimmon Homes site
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The owner of a building site has been slapped with an order to clean up its act from health and safety chiefs after complaints from residents.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has served a prohibition notice on Persimmon Homes, which is building new houses on a site near Rodel Drive in Polmont, after neighbours in the street remonstrated over delivery trucks.

Residents in the street claim HGV and van drivers have been mounting pavements to drive through to the site, blocked the street while waiting to get into the site and reversing without any guidance.

David Gilfillan, who lives in Rodel Drive, said: “This is an accident waiting to happen and someone needs to take action here.

“The road is a typical housing estate road and is not built, nor wide enough, to take the volume of lorries that is passing through to the site. The volume of traffic needs to be regulated at different times and drivers have to take more care or someone could be injured.”

He added: “The drivers seem to be under the impression that nobody is home during the day and chance their luck by mounting pavements all the time.

“We do not have an issue with the houses being built, but all we ask is the lorry drivers keep to the road when entering. Everyone who lives here is very angry and the situation is making life unbearable for people.”

A spokesman for the HSE said: “The Health and Safety Executive has served prohibition on the owners of the site regarding trucks and delivery vehicles coming and going down a very narrow street. The main issue is over site deliveries and that vehicle movements are correct.”

The spokesman added that Persimmon has to put a turning area for lorries in place.

Persimmon Homes did not respond to our requests for a comment on the situation.